With the new semester comes great buzz; new students appear in new classes and a flurry of activity takes place to make sure that everything is working properly and studies begin smoothly. I’ve been hard pressed to paint anything much, but did get started on work on the Magician painting, sketching in some of the Foundation White forms of the figure and beginning the puff-ball clouds overhead. I enjoy this stage of a painting, when things begin to emerge from an otherwise formless canvas.
Now that the students have returned work on the big virtues painting has renewed. Casey has continued with his efforts to complete the sky, putting down a glaze layer of Foundation White over the Cobalt blue, making it look nicely misty and fading away from a bright centre where the lamp will be positioned that lights the East end of the room where the painting will be installed. You can really see the difference between the glazed right side of the blue and the intense untouched Cobalt blue at left.